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School Board District Five candidate: Ed Hacker

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By The Staff

Edward Hacker   Age: 63   Address: 2900 St. Francis Road, St. Francis, Ky. 40062   Educational background: Decatur High School, Indianapolis, Ind., 1965 Graduate United Electronics Institute, Louisville, Ky.. 1967 Graduate Kentucky State Police Academy, Frankfort, Ky, 1972 Graduate Instructor Kentucky State Police Academy, 1988 Certified Instructor Kentucky Department of Insurance, 1994   Work Experience: Avco Electronics Kentucky State Police American States-SAFECO Insurance   Family Information: Married to Valerie Miles, 42 years, four children, four grandchildren Daughter, Tammy Newcome (Matt), Principle, Boston School-Boston Son, Brian Hacker, Jefferson County Board of Education, Mechanic Son, Charlie Hacker (Becky), co-owner Pike Lawn and Garden, Meade Co. Son, Adam Hacker, Engineer Stantec Engineering, Lexington   Organizations (church, civic groups, etc.): St. Francis Xavier Church, Raywick St. Francis Xavier Church, Parish Council St. Francis Xavier Church, Parish Web Site Knights of Columbus   1. Why are you running for the board of education?  To be part of providing the best opportunities for the students of Marion County. Education is the stepping stone to success.   2. What experiences and training have prepared you for this position? I served on the St. Augustine Athletic Board. I served on the St. Augustine School Board. I served on the Marion County Schools committee to formulate the current discipline code. While with American States-SAFECO I headed the Lexington Fraud Division developing and working within a budget.   3. What are the biggest issues facing Marion County Public Schools at this time? How should the board of education address those issues? With the current Federal and State cutbacks in resources Teachers are expected to do more with less. Current resources need to be examined to provide Teachers with tools needed so no child will be left behind. Look at the current resources and trim where necessary.   4. Budgetary concerns remain an issue for school districts across Kentucky, including Marion County. What can the school board do to maintain or improve the district's fiscal situation?  Resources first and foremost should be prioritized to address education for the students. Cuts should be made to achieve this goal.   5. Given the district's budgetary restraints, what should be the board of education's priorities with regard to how its funds are allocated? Priority is the students. Resources need to be provided so teachers can have the tools needed. Teachers every year are expected to do more with less.   6. Two years ago, Marion County voters opposed the recallable nickel. Is this something that should be reconsidered? Why or why not? No - first there is no guarantee these funds will be matched by the state. The current economy does not allow for further taxing and the voters have spoken.   7. Senate Bill 1 (passed in 2009) changed the accountability system used by the state. How will you assess the district's performance if you are elected? There are many indicators that show school progress other than test scores. For example, NCLB a school is considered failing where a student raises his score from novice to apprentice. This would be a great achievement for the student. However, failing because the student did not achieve Proficient. The system is flawed.   8. What changes would you like to see within the school district? What would you keep the same about the district? First, I would like to keep the current staff in place. Having said that, we need visionary leaders that can plan for the future budget cuts by using current resources most efficiently.   9. Given how quickly technology changes, what should Marion County schools do to prepare students for what they will encounter in the workforce and/or in higher education? Develop a plan where the schools technology is rotated to update each school with the latest software and hardware. That way the expense would be spread over a few years instead of all at once.   10. What else would you like voters to know? I have a strong work ethic. I am a quick learner. I have the time and energy to devote to the position. Having four children that went through Marion County Schools furthered their education I know how important education can be. I am easy to contact and do return calls. I ask the voters of the Fifth District to give me a chance.